- Pierre LeBrun, NHL
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"Yes it will be Leighton," Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill told ESPN.com Sunday evening.
Hours earlier at his news conference, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette refused to divulge his Game 2 goalie, saying the matter would be kept internal. But the coach had a change of heart and alerted the Flyers PR staff to release his decision.
Leighton was pulled in the second period Saturday night after giving up five goals on 20 shots. Brian Boucher, who had just returned from injury, stopped 11 of 12 shots in relief as the Flyers dropped Game 1 6-5 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Leighton has been the Flyers' starting netminder since Boucher suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee when two players fell on top of him in the crease during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals May 10 against the Boston Bruins. Boucher also injured his right knee to a lesser extent.
Leighton, a former Blackhawk, entered the finals with a 6-1 record, including three shutouts, in the playoffs after replacing the injured Boucher. Leighton entered with a 1.45 goals-against average and save percentage of .948. Boucher was 6-4 with a 2.33 goals-against average in the first 10 games of the playoffs.
The Blackhawks lead the series 1-0.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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